Getting into the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe the first thing you think about is the bigger and more expensive S-Class. The interior is about the same as is the number of gizmos and features you find inside. The overall level of class and sophistication is on par with Merc’s flagship coupe as well.
Once you head out on the road, that same feeling persists. The E-Class Coupe is incredibly refined and quiet, and although you don’t feel as isolated from the outside world, you still feel like the city or highway is yours.
As with any review, you try to think about how E-Class Coupe relates to its competition only to realize that this car doesn’t really have any competition. The Audi A5? More affordable and not nearly as luxurious.
The BMW 6 Series? What is happening with the 6 Series exactly? Are they still selling it? Actually, they are but the last time it was updated Mercedes-Benz hadn’t even begun to work on this current-generation E-Class Coupe unveiled last year. The 6 Series is also way more expensive.
So, there you are in your 2018 E-Class Coupe, a car with no direct competition that costs $72,700 and packs some serious technology. How can you possibly criticize a car that basically sits alone on an island?
Sure, it costs about $30,000 more than a C-Class Coupe but believe me the difference is fully justified. Where you can’t really justify the difference is when you compare the E-Class Coupe’s price to the S-Class Coupe. If you don’t care about showing off and simply want the best value, the E is where it’s at.
One Engine is Plenty
Unlike most Mercedes-Benz models that offer a wide range of engines, trims and versions, the E-Class Coupe makes things easier for its buyers. A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine sends 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic AWD. All that is standard.
You’ll get to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds and you’ll have no trouble passing anyone on the highway. The E-Class Coupe is quick to react to whatever you want it to do, especially if you turn the Dynamic Select dial to Sport or Sport+ modes.
Doing so tightens up the steering wheel, makes the engine even more nervous and hunkers down the entire car to a level where carving up a winding road is a breeze. The exhaust sounds a lot better as well.
On the other hand, flip the switch to Eco or Comfort modes and you find yourself driving over broken roads without really noticing it, and cruising on the highway and in the city with the kind of tranquility you want and expect from a high-end luxury vehicle.
People think Mercedes-Benz and they think about a silky-smooth ride and the very best in refinement. You don’t really get that until you get to the E-Class and in this case the E-Class Coupe. Nothing against the C-Class or the CLA, but the comfort level found in the E-Class is in a whole other league.
You do have to get used to the infotainment system which will take about a week and we’d like to have more storage space inside the car. The rear seats are fine for short drives, but you won’t want to have adults in there for more than an hour. The trunk can accommodate two golf bags, your hockey equipment and your bags for about a week, just not at the same time.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe comes with a host of active safety features – some standard, most optional – that are truly impressive. For $2,700 more, the Intelligent Drive Package will add active and evasive steering, active blind spot assist, DISTRONIC distance assist, active lane keeping and changing, active braking, and basically anything else you could need to not get into an accident.
Flip the turn-signal stalk and the car will change lanes for you if the coast is clear. It will keep you centered in the lane and navigate turns for you as long as your hands are on the steering wheel. It will brake for pedestrians and vehicles getting in your way or cutting across the road. It can read traffic signs, and it will come to a complete stop if the driver seems incapacitated.
The good news here is that none of these features are intrusive. They aren’t overly worried, and they let you drive the car without interfering or screaming at you for no reason. On the other hand, they are effective when they need to be and most of the time you’ll be happy they are there instead of trying to find a way to deactivate them.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe offers a desirable blend of comfort, performance, and style. It’s a bit pricy, but on the other hand it has no competition. We’d maybe like a more aggressive AMG version, but that will probably come next year.